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Site Update 03-02-2012: Advance Entity Feed and User Mentions

New notifications and social networking features incoming!

By The Game Effect on 3/2/2012

Hello Game Effectionados!

We here at TGE hope you are all having an awesome 2012 thus far and enjoying what has already been an exciting year for gaming. We're a little behind schedule, but we're announcing several new features today in response to some of your long standing requests. So with that said, here's what you'll find in this update:

  • Ability to reference other users in Comments with the @<username> syntax.
  • Ability to reference games, movies, and TV shows in Comments with the @<itemName> syntax.
  • Each game, movie, and TV show page will now feature a feed based on what is being said about that item. Hitman: Absolution has an example of this.
  • You will receive a notification now when someone comments on an article that you've written.
  • A few design changes to create a bit more consistency throughout the site (comment box, article title header, and a few other minor changes).
  • We've joined the Zerg Network to help generate some traffic for our site. This is something we typically wouldn't do, but the ZergNet founder has been extremely helpful in giving us advice and educating us more about the industry, and as such we're very excited to be a part of what he's created. You'll find articles from around the web at the bottom of each of our articles; those are the ones coming from ZergNet. We'd love to know what you think about this, and how you feel about the ZergNet hub in general.
In the next few months we're going to be putting a bigger focus on content (as opposed to new features, though we'll still be working on some of those as well). You will find several new recurring article features hitting on a regular basis henceforth:
  • Weekend Warrior: A piece that gives some insight into our editors gaming lineup for the weekend. We'll list what we plan to play in hopes of personalizing the site a bit more, and giving you a stronger connection with our writers. Feel free to leave your weekend gaming plans in the comments section!
  • Friday Fives: Each Friday we will be releasing a list article (such as the one from today). We're excited to do this as it should help bring traffic to the site, and these sorts of articles are typically fun to write as well.
  • The Indie Effect: This is a series that we've already published a few times, and one that we're very excited to offer. Essentially, we are hoping to give more attention to the "little guys" out there, who create awesome gaming experiences, but don't always get the recognition they deserve.
  • Unsung Heroes: Along those same lines, this series will focus on highlighting individuals in the industry, who may not always be at the forefront of game development, but nonetheless have a strong hand in making a release successful. This series has also seen a few releases already.
  • After the Hype: Here we will be taking a look at games of the past and doing a sort of retro-review for them. The idea is to give these games a thorough look and evaluate them outside of their release window such that the hype and media blitz have passed.
  • More TV show coverage in general, focusing largely on HBO series for the time being. Kaili Markley has been doing an awesome job keeping this going lately!
Aside from that, we'll be preparing for PAXEast next month and all that goes along with that. As always, please leave us your feedback and impressions of the items above, and anything that you would like to see in the future.

Happy gaming!
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copuli on February 04, 2013
good job!!
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nidxxx on July 03, 2012
i loved this thanks!

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Jahavsuna7 on March 05, 2012
I have a problem with article submitting - whenever I press "enter" to break the row, after saving the change is reversed. I need to press shift+enter twice, instead. Please fix this.
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Entropic on March 05, 2012
Hi Jahavsuna7!

Sorry for the trouble here!  Could you tell us what browser you're using?
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Jahavsuna7 on March 06, 2012
Google Chrome
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Entropic on March 06, 2012
This will sound random, but do you copy and paste anything from a word document or something?  We need to fix this either way, but I'm just trying to determine what the source of the problem is.

Thanks again Jahavsuna7 
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Jahavsuna7 on March 06, 2012
No, I write the whole article in the given textbox.

Its not new, I have it for quite a while now.
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OSMenace on March 04, 2012
Alright, I just cleared my cache, lets see if this works...
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Entropic on March 04, 2012
Sorry again for the headache on this.  Glad to see it's working now though!
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hendrik on March 04, 2012
Keep up the good work!
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Merfyz on March 04, 2012
These updates are great! 
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OSMenace on March 04, 2012
span style="font-size: small; "I have a question:/spandiv style="font-size: small; "font size="2" style="font-size: 13px; "br style="font-size: 13px; "/fontdiv style="font-size: 13px; "In a lot of places, I've tried to comment with a decently sized comment but I have been getting "The body of your comment must be long enough for a real comment" or something.  I am a little confused about this: what length distinguishes a comment from... a comment?  How long do I need to make things so that I can post them without the site freaking out on me?div style="font-size: 13px; "br style="font-size: 13px; "div style="font-size: 13px; "It even did it again with just the above paragraph.  Glitch? Or am I just inadequate haha 
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Entropic on March 04, 2012
Wow, this is a total glitch; so sorry for the problems here.  There are a few things that could be causing this:

1. We recently updated the way the comment box works to allow for user and game references.  We're having to process comments differently as a result, which is causing the issue you're seeing.  However, you shouldn't get that error.  I would recommend clearing your browser cache and trying again.

2. What browser are you using?  We've tested this primarily in Chrome and haven't had problems there.  Are you using Chrome by chance?

Sorry again for the problems here, and hopefully we can get this fixed soon.
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quantifier on March 04, 2012
I'm using Chrome and I saw this error as well. What I did notice was, if I remember correctly, was this happened if I tweaked or changed the text while I was working on it. If I just typed it straight out, I would get a good message. 

But I also see this glitch in other posts as well, even ones that show up in the streaming feed on the community page.
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OSMenace on March 04, 2012
I just cleared my cache, and yes I am using Chrome.  Looks like its better now, but I'll let you know if anything changes, thanks!
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ArchAngel777 on March 03, 2012
looks cool!
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